Ethics & Philosophy
In this department, we really want the pupils and students to develop a full appreciation for this subject as a proper academic discipline. For us, this means examining religious beliefs, teachings and practices, with a deep commitment to the ethical, philosophical and anthropological dimensions that are interwoven with our subject matter. Running parallel to this, we always strive to cultivate the spiritual, moral, social and cultural fibres of the human character, which we feel are integral to successful citizenship in modern Britain.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils examine some of the major world religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. As mentioned above, we try to tease out important moral and philosophical themes associated with religious beliefs, holy texts and modern day practices, which make for some excellent class discussions.
In Year 9, pupils progress on to examining some challenging arguments for and against the existence of God. They also explore some controversial and emotive case studies, such as Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and the infamous story of a notorious New York gang leader.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to choose Religious Studies GCSE, which has been highly popular over the last few years. As well as mastering the core theology of two religions, pupils also examine some fascinating moral issues such as crime and punishment, animal rights, abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and many more.
The department is committed to a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including debates, source analysis, exploring case studies, documentaries, collaborative learning, Socratic questioning, quizzes and mysteries.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
We have two classrooms dedicated to Ethics and Philosophy, which are vibrant, purposeful and conducive to learning. Both classrooms are equipped with the staple equipment for modern learning including PC, data projector, DVD player and so on. We have a wide range of books, magazine articles, video material and artefacts, and we often like to create our own bespoke resources as much as possible, and do whatever we can to enhance the learning of our students.
Mr BM Burton
Joint Head of Humanities (Ethics & Philosophy and Philosophy)